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In practical use, I would NOT say LO (or OOo) has a "high" file compatibility with MS Office. Virtually every file I receive from MS Office users has some kind of problem (bullet lists almost NEVER convert correctly, at least from MSO to LO). I'm only an occasional Office suite user so I put up with it (plus I'm on a Mac), but I've never been able to convince others to use LO for this reason alone. And I mostly work with non-profits who, for several reasons, should be avid LO users.

I also realize MSO, with it's market share, stands only to gain from keeping it's formatting a moving target. With that in mind, I just can't imagine how a project like LO could hope to keep up and make inroads.

Wish I could help with making it work better, but I know nothing about contributing to development.


On 11/18/12 7:48 PM, rost52 wrote:
I only can use Virgil's word "I hate to say it" but Virgil is right. File compatibility is very important in our daily business world where we need to exchange editable files within our company and also with external partners.

Whenever I need to exchange files with MSO formats, I additionally attach a pdf-file or ask for pdf-file as reference. This is a reduction of productivity - I am willing to take I, but how many others?

Although I am aware that it is not an easy task and requires dev work,  LibO must achieve more than a high compatibility with MSO formats. I keep fingers crossed.

On 2012-11-19 07:37, VA wrote:
I hate to say it, but I think in business MS compatibility is THE paramount concern. When I was working for a large business, I used LibO only for documents I knew I didn't have to share with others. For anything that had to be used by others, I used MS Office.

I realize that LibO is highly compatible with MS Office, but "highly" often isn't enough. In my experience there were enough incompatibilities that it just wasn't worth the hassle of trying to clean up documents sent back and forth between the two office suites.

File format compatibility is far more important than similar user interfaces or command structures. I would say file compatibility is the primary reason companies keep buying MS Office.


-----Original Message----- From: Pedro
Sent: Sunday, November 18, 2012 5:25 PM
Subject: [libreoffice-users] Re: OpenOffice to be dumped in Freiburg ?

NoOp wrote
Which part of that do you not understand?

This part

You are correct that I didn't notice the second option (apologies for that).
I wrongly assumed it was another ooo link

But redirecting a LibreOffice issue to an ooo forum doesn't make any sense. And this is a LibreOffice issue. So much so that TDF's Director bothered to
answer (unfortunately in German)

There are some translations in the comments.

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